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Gene Patents and Public Policy

There are a number of ongoing legal actions concerning patent rights that could affect the implementation of personalized medicine, such as patents on genes or tests. In an opinion piece at The Scientist, Courtenay Brinckerhoff, a partner at Foley & Lardner, writes that "the question being debated is whether these advances are most likely to flourish within the patent system or outside of it." Do patents, she asks, encourage innovation or prevent competition? Because much of biomedical research is publicly funded, "at its heart, this debate may be more of a public policy question than a legal one," Brinckerhoff says.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.